The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee is fast approaching, commemorating 70 years of service – the first British monarch to achieve such a landmark. But it also means a four-day bank holiday weekend that will run from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5.
A number of events and celebrations are set to take place not just in Nottinghamshire but across the country. The BBC will be covering Trooping the Color and a host of other tributes to the Queen in what is sure to be an emotional few days for people across the country.
So how do you plan to celebrate the occasion? From street parties to family picnics with music and refreshments, Nottinghamshire has you covered.
Plans across the country on Thursday, June 2
- 10am – Trooping the Color will begin early Thursday and members of the Royal Family will leave Buckingham Palace at 10.30am for the parade ground.
Plans in Nottinghamshire on Thursday June 2
- Bingham – Lighting of a beacon.
- bramcote – 7pm to 10pm South West Notts Scouts are hosting a Platinum Jubilee Picnic and Jubilee Beacon Lighting at Hemlock Scout Campsite in Bramcote.
- co-stock – Art exhibition in the village hall and cream teas under a Jubilee marquee on the school playground.
- Cotgrave – Beacon lighting. Cotgrave Town Council have planned to light a beacon on the lawn outside the shopping center at 9.45pm. There will be a bagpiper and possibly a bugler marking the event.
- Leak is – An evening picnic on the recreation ground and with food stalls is organized by the parish council. A bagpipe player will play Diu Regnare and bugles and cornets will play Majesté before the lighting of a lighthouse.
- Gedling – Beacon lighting at Gedling Country Park. Carlton Brass will perform in front of Café 1899 starting at 8 p.m. and the lighthouse will be lit at 9:15 p.m.
- Gotham – Gotham Parish Council is hosting a ‘picnic in the park’. The event takes place at Gotham Memorial Hall and Recreation Ground, Nottingham Road, NG11 0HE. There will also be a beacon lighting at 9:45 p.m.
- Keyworth – The official Jubilee beacon will be lit at 9:45 p.m. near the village hall.
- Mansfield – Picnic in the park. Bring your own picnic and enjoy entertainment at Yeoman Hill Park from 12-2pm.
- Nottingham Castle – From Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., celebrations at the castle and its grounds will include outdoor installations, artwork among the trees, craft workshops on the Middle Bailey and impromptu storytelling.
- Ruddington – Lighting of the beacon on the village square, officiated by a local dignitary, at 9:45 p.m. Light refreshments will be available on site.
- Sneinton – Green’s Windmill will light a Beacon at 9:45 p.m.
- Thoresby – The Big Veterans Breakfast will be held at Thoresby Court Yard. Bring your own chair or blanket. Rolls served from 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Entertainment includes: 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. – Pipes and Drums. 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Live screening. 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. – Daisy Belles. All day parking £3.
- Torworth – Beacon Lighting at Torworth Park, Nottinghamshire – 8pm-11pm. Bring your picnic, there will be free hot drinks and pastries, music and the flashing light will be on at 9:45 p.m.
- Willoughby-on-the-Wolds – 9:45 p.m. Lighting of the Lighthouse/bonfire in the Park.
Plans across the country on Friday, June 3
On Friday, a service of thanksgiving for the Queen’s long reign will be held at the historic London landmark of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, as seen in L’Express.
Any plans in Nottinghamshire on Friday June 3?
- awsworth – 2 p.m. – 5 p.m. Queens Jubilee Afternoon Tea for people aged 65 and over living in Awsworth – tea, cakes, games and a good old song.
- co-stock – Village treasure hunt with prizes to be won.
- Cropwell’s Butler – 2 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Taste the village hall with charity stands, children’s entertainment and crafts area. There will be a dance show, dog show, barn dance and barbecue during the evening. All-day tickets cost £5 for adults and children are free.
- Gedling – Queen green canopy tree planting. Gedling Country Park from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
- Kimberly – 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Kimberley Picnic in the park. Admission is £2 for adults, £1 for children and under 5s free. Head to the Stag Football Ground.
- Mansfield – End of year balls and picnics in the park. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. An afternoon in Berry Hill Park with live music, Punch and Judy shows, 50s-style dancers and traditional children’s games.
- Nottingham city center – An exhibition entitled 70 Glorious Years – The Queen in Nottingham will be a large-format outdoor photographic exhibition organized on the Place du Vieux Marché from Friday May 27th to Sunday June 5th. A collection of 22 images will celebrate the Queen’s visits to Nottingham over the past 70 years, from the Coronation Tour in 1955 to her last visit for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012. The images also show how the people of Nottingham celebrated important royal occasions. over the years. People coming to visit this exhibition can reminisce or discover for the first time the queen and her links with the city.
Plans across the country on Saturday, June 4
Saturday’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations include the Epsom Derby and the Platinum Party at the Palace.
Derby day falls on Saturday and members of the Royal Family are expected to attend, but reports have indicated the Queen may not attend.
4:30 p.m. – The Cazoo Derby 2022 will take place in the late afternoon.
Plans in Nottinghamshire on Saturday June 4
- Arnold – Queen’s Jubilee Fair at Arnot Hill Park from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- co-stock – Procession of children dressed as Kings and Queens. Afternoon sports day followed by a snack. In the evening there will be a Ceilidh under the Jubilee marquee.
- Keyworth – From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a series of events across Keyworth Village Hall and the ExChanging Rooms, including wildflower seeds and trees to distribute to interested residents and family and craft activities, including illustrators and local nature artists and Wild Things Keyworth. The Garden of Abundance will also be open.
- Ruddington – A royal oak, offered by a local resident, will be planted in the village square at 11 a.m., during the monthly village market. The Saint-Pierre church also organizes a craft session for children in the Saint-Pierre rooms.
- Ruddington – In the afternoon there will be village tours led by Gavin Walker of the Ruddington Village Museum and the Ruddington Historical Society, followed by an afternoon of BBQ style food, music from the Carlton Brass Band and Drinks at Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre. Tickets for the Heritage Center event cost £8 and can be purchased at the Heritage Café.
Plans across the country on Sunday, June 5
Across the UK – ‘The Big Jubilee Lunch’ will take place in communities across the country.
- 2:30 p.m. – The Platinum Jubilee Competition will start at 2:30 p.m. and end at 5 p.m. at the Queen Victoria Memorial in London.
- 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. – ‘The Platinum Pageant’ will be broadcast by BBC One.
Plans in Nottinghamshire on Sunday June 5
- Arnold – Large picnic lunch at the King George V Recreation Ground in Hallams Lane.
- awsworth – From 14h. Awsworth Picnic In The Park – Open to all Awsworth residents, bring your own picnic, blanket and chairs.
- Bingham – From 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be lunch in the Market Square Square. Residents are welcome to bring a picnic and drink and enjoy live entertainment and a quiz.
- Rabbit – 2 p.m. to late. Afternoon Tea Party on the Bunny Village Green. Wear your best red, white, blue or purple – best dressed prizes.
- co-stock – Service in the parish church followed by a Jubilee Grand Luncheon, which begins at 1.30 p.m. under the marquee – those present taking their own food to share.
- Cotgrave – ‘Big lunch’. Once again, the town hall organizes and offers an afternoon of music and dancing from 11:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. as part of the national “Big Lunch”. There will be a stage and a small range of food and drink stalls with local restaurant Strezza providing food and an outdoor bar on the green space opposite the shopping center on Candleby Lane.
- Keyworth – The Big Keyworth Picnic: An invitation to residents to participate in a community picnic in the center of the village with family entertainment offered. There is also a service at St Mary Magdalene Church in the square at 4pm.
- Kirkby-in-Ashfield – Big Jubilee Lunch on Kingsway Park in Kirkby. There will be music, food and drink, stalls and activities for the whole family. Bring your picnic to Kingsway Park and have fun from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Ruddington – A mass on The Green at 10:30 am organized by the Saint-Pierre church. This will be followed by a community take-away picnic from midday, featuring live music from the Nottingham Concert Band, games/activities for children and a raffle. A covered cinema for children will be available in the afternoon at 4:30 p.m. in the Saint-Pierre church.
- Southwell – 12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Great Jubilee Luncheon, Southwell Minster. The West Walk in Cathedral Park will host a street party open to all.
- Torworth – Torworth’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations will take place from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- West Bridgford – Platinum Jubilee street party on Central Avenue. Picnic benches will line Main Street for the Big Jubilee Lunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Bring your own picnic. The entertainment program for the mini stage and Croquet Lawn includes a DJ, dancers, drummers, comedy servers, punch and Judy, Morris dancers and more.